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~ Wisdom from Tim Keller 365 Days a Year

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Running Through You Like Lightning

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The call to love your brothers and sisters, to love one another as Christ has loved you, is so hard. It’s so silly to think all we have to do is hold up the ethic of love, love your neighbor, to the world and it will become a better place.

You must be born again. The life of God has to be running through you like lightning. You’ll never do it otherwise.

– Tim Keller

The Most Destructive Sin

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The sin that is most destructive in your life right now is the one you are most defensive about.

– Tim Keller

The Big Picture

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Now if you are perplexed, if you are oppressed, if you don’t get it, if God looks like he doesn’t know what he’s doing, I’m telling you, you’re in too close. You’re looking just at the present and not at the end, like this guy does. Or you’re looking only at, ‘Isn’t God loving?’ Yes, but he’s holy. Or if you just look at, ‘Isn’t God holy?’ Yes, but he’s wise. It’s not until you stand back and begin to look at all the sides of things. ‘Aren’t human beings sinful?’ Yes, but also they’re made in the image of God. ‘Aren’t human beings valuable and dignified?’ Yes, but also they’re wretched, wicked sinners.

Don’t you see? Only Christianity looks at the whole thing. If you’re in a problem right now, if you’re in trouble right now, you have to do what Asaph did. You have to do what the psalmist did. You have to go into the sanctuary. ‘… then I understood …’ What did he do? He stands back. He sees the big picture.

– Tim Keller

 

Good or Bad

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No one is so good that they don’t need the grace of the gospel, nor so bad that they can’t receive the grace of the gospel.

– Tim Keller

Fingers of God

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When we work, we are…the ‘fingers of God,’ the agents of his providential love for others. This understanding elevates the purpose of work from making a living to loving our neighbor and at the same time releases us from the crushing burden of working primarily to prove ourselves.

– Tim Keller

Deep Soul Satisfaction

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Jesus is not just telling us that what he has to offer is rich, fulfilling, and lifesaving — he’s also revealing that it satisfies from the inside [John 4:7-19]. He says, ‘My water, if you get it, will become in you a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ He’s talking about deep soul satisfaction, about incredible satisfaction and contentment that doesn’t depend on what is happening outside of us. So I ask you, what will make you happy? What will really give you a satisfying life? Almost always you will answer by thinking of something from outside of you. Some of us have our hopes set on romantic love, some on career, some on politics or a social cause, and some of us on money and what it will do for us. But whatever it is that makes you say, ‘If I have that, if I get there, then I’ll know I’m important, then I’ll know I have significance, then I know I’ll have security’ — it’s likely something outside of you. Yet Jesus says, there’s nothing outside of you that can truly satisfy the thirst that is deep down inside you. To continue the metaphor a bit further, you don’t need water splashed on your face; you need water that comes from even deeper down inside you than the thirst itself. And Jesus is saying, ‘I can give it. I can give you absolute, unfathomable satisfaction in the core of your being regardless of what happens outside, regardless of circumstance.

Something strange gets in the way of our hearing what Jesus is talking about, and I think it’s that most of us aren’t able to recognize our soul-thirst for what it is. As long as you think there is a pretty good chance that you will achieve some of your dreams, as long as you think you have a shot at success, you experience your inner emptiness as ‘drive’ and your anxiety as ‘hope.’ And so you can remain almost completely oblivious to how deep your thirst actually is. Most of us keep telling ourselves that the reason we remain unfulfilled is because we simply haven’t been able to achieve our goals. And so we can live almost our entire lives without admitting to ourselves the depth or our spiritual thirst.

– Tim Keller

Born by Grace

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What did you have to do, Jesus is asking, with being born? Did you work hard to earn the privilege of being born? Did it happen due to your hard work and skillful planning? Not at all. You don’t earn or contribute anything to being born. It is a free gift of life. And so it is with the new birth. Salvation is by grace — there are no moral efforts that can earn or merit it. You must be born again.

– Tim Keller

Finding God

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Religious people find God useful. Christians find God beautiful.

– Tim Keller